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Buddhist temples nationwide to ring bell to commemorate COVID-19 dead victims on November 19

 Buddhist temples and establishments across the country will ring the bell, lit candles, offer incense and pray for those who died from COVID-19 at 8pm on November 19, in coordination with a national requiem for the dead victims of the coronavirus.

The request was made by the Standing Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)'s Executive Council.

The standing board also asked VBS chapters in provinces and centrally-run cities to hold requiems for COVID-19 dead victims based on local conditions and in compliance with pandemic prevention rules.  

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee plans to organise a requiem for those who lost their lives to COVID-19, which will begin at 8pm on November 19.

More than 23,180 people had died from COVID-19 in Vietnam by November 15.

The requiem aims to share the pain and loss suffered by tens of thousands of families who have lost their loved ones to the pandemic, the VFF Central Committee said, adding that this is also an opportunity to promote the tradition of great solidarity and the will of the nation to overcome difficulties, adapt safely and flexibly to and effectively control the COVID-19 pandemic, and restore production and business and socio-economic development.

VFF has sent documents to leaders of religious organisations in the country to join in the holding of activities to commemorate COVID-19 dead victims./.